3rd Party Groups
Why are only Democrats and Republicans recognized as "Parties" in this state? There are so many other parties out there. Why don't they get equal billing on the ballot? I wonder if we have given up on our true right to freedom by demanding such high percentages of voting for a party to be recognized in the state.
Some would say that if they don't have the votes than people don't want them, but in reality - if they aren't a recognized ballot party then they don't get any media coverage and thus no one knows about them enough to vote for them...
Let's take the Libertarian party (of which I am very fond of...a party that says that the power should be with the people and that government is there to ensure the people's rights, not to rule over them with an iron authoritarian fist). This is the 3rd largest party in the country, but it still isn't a recognized party in the State of NH. The parties in NH are "Democrat", "Republican" or Independent/3rd party.
Are we afraid of competition? Are we afraid that if we give equal billing to everyone on the ballot, our voters won't be able to make a decision?
I think we need to give credit to the NH Voter and allow those who want to take that risk of running for office the right to put themselves in that position and give the people of NH choice on their ballot as well as the respect that we are intelligent people who know how to look someone up and decide for ourselves who we want to vote for.